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Ben Patrick

Studio Arts Instructor - Appointed 2004

Graduate Degree

  • M.S. Art and Design Education, Pratt Institute

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.A. Fine Arts, Saint Michael’s College

Honors and Awards

  • Berkshire Eagle Scholarship
  • Departmental Honors at Saint Michael’s College
  • Pratt Manhattan Pilot Project

Best VCS Moment

Stretching canvas and smelling oil paints on Monday morning.

Inspirational Quote

Any word spoken by Huckleberry Finn.

Interests and Hobbies

Kaleidoscopes, sea shores, leaves and trees, Dadaism, Fluxus art movement

Brief Biography

Most of my early childhood was spent on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. When I was eleven, I moved with my family to Hanover, NH, and four years later we moved to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. I delivered the Berkshire Eagle for four years and went to Herberg Middle School where people identified themselves by the heavy metal band name that was sewn on the back of their jean jackets.

After graduating from The Gunnery in Washington, CT, I continued my education at St. Michael’s College. In 1997, I drove through all of the continental 48 states and meandered through the backwoods roads to Alaska without blowing a tire. I also traveled by train through Eastern and Western Europe and was stranded in a small town called Olbia in Sardinia during a bus strike. After the strike was over, I returned to Burlington and assisted in the public school system and taught printmaking and figure drawing as an adjunct professor at Saint Michael’s College.

I have earned my Masters in Science at Pratt Institute after completing my thesis titled “Lexicons in the Classroom” in the Spring of 2004.  During my studies at Pratt, I created and installed an exhibition called the “Industry of Identity” and also spent a lot of time on the beach of Coney Island, as I always like to return to a large body of water.

Check out Ben’s newest exhibit: Item as deScribed: Medieval and Modern Illuminations, by clicking here!

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.